Bath Inventory

These are the current stuff I have in my bathroom now:

five shampoos
two conditioners
three soaps
three facial soaps
three facial scrubs
three hair masks
two body scrubs
three shower gels/creams

Not to mention the tons of other stuff I have in storage

Fruity Goodness: Watson's GrapeBella

The other day, I got a text message from my mother saying that she was in Watson's. What surprised me was that she was asking if I needed anything. I said that I would like to have the GrapeBella lipbalm. She responded and shocked me even more when she asked, "Anything else?" Wow, generous mother! She never really offers to buy me things, so I guess although I was rather stressed and tired that day, thank you Mum and God for the blessings!

GrapeBella lip balm, body lotion and body polish

Lip Treatment Lip Balm 9g : P89.00
Softening Body Lotion 200ml : P119.00
Exfoliating Body Polish 200 ml : P169.00

There is an ongoing promotion for SM Advantage and BDO Rewards card holders. GrapeBella products are 20% off, although I don't know until when. You may have to ask for this though, because apparently, not all of the staff are knowledgeable about this. We didn't get Watson's GrapeBella Privileges card either, so that just proves that they didn't brief their staff well enough on this.

I already opened the lip balm, so I might do a review on that soon. The lotion and the scrub will sit around for a while longer, since I already have alot of opened products :)

Spa from your Kitchen: Tea

What exactly do you do with the teabags after you let them steep? Throw them away? Well, don't! You can use them as tiny, aromatic compresses for some minor aches and pains. Just zap them in the microwave for a few seconds, and voila! Just make sure that you don't make them too hot; always check them first before you slap them on any part of your body. And squeeze out the excess moisture before you microwave them too, so you don't end up with hot, runny teabags on your body.

I used Lipton Green Tea, which I made into an unsweetened iced tea. I nuked the tea bag and pressed it onto a bump I had. 

If you have two teabags, you can leave them in the refrigerator for about an hour, or in the freezer for about 5 minutes or less. Then, put them on your eyes for a relaxing cool compress that depuffs  overworked peepers. Relaxing teas such as chamomile may work better then others at making you forget your problems, even for just a few minutes. Again, don't forget to squeeze out the excess moisture.

So there you go, two at-home spa uses for your teabags! Of course, you can use fresh, new ones, but do try to reuse old teabags. And throw them into your compost pits after you use them!

Sale Alert!

To all Moms out there...

Happy Mother's Day!

I forgot!

Belated Cinco de Mayo!!

I miss my uncle's barbecue and salsa, and my aunt's seven layer dip. I want to go back to LA! Renew my visa and give me some dollars, please.

Spa from your Kitchen: Scrub for your hands, feet and body - Environment Friendly too!

This one is a personal favorite. It practically comes free, especially if you regularly brew and drink coffee.

Instead of throwing away your coffee grounds every morning, save a batch. I suggest doing this on a weekend, to de-stress. Use it in the shower, after soaping up. Scrub the grounds on your hands and feet, concentrating on the heels and other rough spots. If your coffee is finely ground, feel free to use it on your body. After gently rubbing it all over your skin, you can leave it on a few minutes and inhale the aroma of your favorite blend. Rinse off the grounds when done. Don't soap off anymore afterwards. The natural oil in the coffee will moisturize your skin. If like me, you get some random brown spots or streaks on your skin, simply rub it off with your fingers under running water. After drying off, your skin will feel softer and more supple.

Another take on plain coffee would be to use slightly drier grounds and mixing in some brown sugar or honey. Honey is especially good because it has natural anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Smells great too :)

Spas here are now starting to offer coffee scrubs. By using your own, you save a ton of money and reuse the grounds, helping save the environment. Go a step further, and don't throw the grounds on the other days either. Dump them in your compost pit. Use it as fertilizer, and sprinkle it over your grass or plants.

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Kaworu ♥ 
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